Certain U.S. Department of Homeland Security Are Doing An Outstanding Job

Certain U.S. Department of Homeland Security agencies are doing an outstanding job
 
As the holiday season hit its peak, so did the daily USA-Mexico crossings.  
 
On December 24, 2013, my wife and I went to Mexicali, Baja California to visit a close relative who has brain cancer.  All I knew was that she was at certain hospital and that it was near the Calexico East (Commercial) Port of Entry (POE).  Since it has been more than 10 years that I have been in Calexico, CA, I felt like a new comer.
 
The purpose of my trip to Mexicali was to baptize my 60-year-old cousin into an evangelical Christian.  Just in case, I grabbed my “RETIRED” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Special Agent credentials, along with my “CANCELLED” 2001 U.S. Customs Service’s Special Agent.  I am an ordained Pentecostal evangelical pastor-minister. 
 
Anticipating a long waiting traffic line, I decided to park on the USA side at the East Calexico POE.  The only pay parking lot is about two miles from the border.  The parking lot business provides a free ride up to one mile (the last U-turn) away from the border crossing on foot.  It was 3:00 p.m. (Pacific Time).  Due to my poor vision, I use an extra large bible that weights approximately 10-pounds which I placed in a shoulder carrying leather case.
 
I was exited because I needed the walking exercise.  I underestimated the walking distance because to find a taxi cab, my wife and I walked an extra mile.  Soon I learned that it would have to be better to park in a pay parking lot of the old Calexico POE.  We just walked across the border because it turned out, in Mexicali there are several ISSTECALI hospitals and my cousin was at one particular hospital close to the old Calexico POE.
 
At 7:00 p.m. my wife and I decided to make the foot crossing at the old Calexico POE.  I was taken aback, the POE had been rebuilt and it appeared very nice.  When we presented ourselves for inspection, we were received by a very nice and professional U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) inspector.  I produced my U.S. Passport card.  After looking at me the CBP inspector told me that I looked familiar.  Then very proudly, I showed him my “RETIRED” ICE credential which it had been issued to me when I retired in 2006.  The CBP inspector became more friendly and he extended to me and my wife what I consider professional courtesy.
 
We took a taxi cab and headed toward the East Calexico POE.  Soon we encountered a very slow traffic flow.  The cab driver did not understand why the cars moved very slower; bumper to bumper.  I got out of the taxi cab and saw on a long distance that some California Highway Patrol (CHP) had closed the only road going to the East Calexico POE, and the parking lot where I left my vehicle.  The CHP units were routing all cars to the old POE.
 
I made the decision to tell the cab driver to get off the pavement and drive on the dirt road all of the way to where the CHP units with their overhead red lights were on.  The cab driver probably thought I was crazy.  I told him that I was a retired ICE special agent and wanted to ask for a big favor to the CHP units.  The cab driver followed my instructions.  Once we got to the first CHP officer, I identified myself as a retired ICE special agent and explained that I needed to get to my car.  The CHP officer very professional agreed to remove the cones and allowed the cab driver to take me where my car was.  
 
Once, I got my car I asked the parking lot attendant to show me a safe drive route to Interstate 8 without driving back to the big traffic jam on Highway 78.  Soon we were on Interstate 8 toward Yuma, AZ.
 
Before I started writing this story for Narco News, I wanted to give credit where credit is due.  I personally believe that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), ICE-Enforcement and Removal, and CBP has become more “people-friendly” and more professional agencies.  
 
However, I cannot say the same about ICE-Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), ICE’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General.  Upon the resignation of DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, which I believe was a “forced resignation,” I feared that Raymond Kelly was to replace Napolitano.  Unfortunately Raymond Kelly was a “persona non-grata” in the President Barack Obama’s administration for unknown reasons.  Incidently, ICE Director John Morton also resigned (another possible forced resignation).
 
I really wish that ICE-HSI, ICE-OPR and the DHS-OIG will become top professional agencies, but my understanding is that the DHS-OIG himself is under investigation.  The reality is that ICE-HSI uses ICE-OPR to do their dirty work and to target employees who file EEO or U.S. Office of Special Counsel complaints.
 
In January 2013, ICE-HSI and I settled thirteen (13) individual EEOC complaints thanks to the assistance of civil rights attorneys Thomas Allison-Cuoto and Mark Conrad.
 
To emphasis the turf war existing in our Yuma, AZ county area, I am posting a Yuma Sun Newspaper regarding a task-force law enforcement operation which recently took place in Yuma, AZ.  Note that the Yuma’s ICE-HSI is not included.  Maybe the hard boozer Jay Creed, ICE-HSI’s Assistant Special Agent is not considered a trusted team player whose integrity is questionable.  Also, note that the U.S. Marshal, U.S. Border Patrol and DEA were included in the operation.  I know, the U.S. Border Patrol, another professional federal immigration agency processed all criminal illegal aliens arrested in the task-force operation.
 
18 arrested in Operation Grinch Stopper 2
 
By Chris McDaniel, Yuma Sun Staff Writer | Posted: Friday, December 20, 2013 10:30 pm
 
Operation Grinch Stopper 2, conducted throughout Arizona Wednesday and Thursday, resulted in the arrest of 18 fugitives in the Yuma area wanted in connection with various property crimes. Statewide, the operation resulted in the arrest of 161 fugitives.
 
The joint operation in Yuma County was conducted by several law enforcement agencies, including the Arizona Department of Corrections, Arizona Department of Public Safety, U.S. Border Patrol, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshals Service, Yuma County Adult Probation, Yuma County Sheriff's Office and Yuma Police Department. The operation targeted individuals with outstanding arrest warrants suspected of burglary, armed robbery, theft and larceny.
 
“For the second year in a row, deputy U.S. marshals and our law enforcement partners in Arizona have targeted and arrested individuals who have victimized others for their hard-earned money and possessions,” said David P. Gonzales, U.S. marshal for the District of Arizona. “Law-abiding citizens can feel secure that there are far fewer thieves, fences, robbers and burglars on the streets this holiday season.”
 
Significant arrests in Yuma include 18-year-old Dino Moreno, 29-year-old Jose Cazares and 26-year-old Reginald Phillips.
 
Moreno was wanted by YPD in connection to a case involving misconduct with weapons, and at the time of his arrest a stolen handgun connected to a prior burglary was reportedly recovered.
Cazares was wanted by YCSO for failing to appear at a court hearing regarding the theft of a credit card. During the arrest, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were reportedly seized at his residence.
Phillips was wanted by Yuma County Adult Probation for violating his probation, which he was serving out as part of a larceny case.
 
“I am pleased to partner with the U.S. marshals in support of Operation Grinch Stopper 2, as we share the common goal of making Yuma County a safer place for families to celebrate this holiday season,” said Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot.
 
The joint operation was "another example of strategic- and intelligence-driven policing led by the U.S. Marshals Service and supported by local law enforcement agencies,” said YPD Chief John Lekan.
 
“This collaborative operation has once again led to the arrest of fugitives wanted for property crimes and will aid in the reduction of similar crimes in the community. The Yuma community is no doubt safer today as a result of Operation Grinch Stopper 2. I appreciate the leadership and commitment of the U.S. Marshals Service to this operation."
 
"The success of Operation Grinch Stopper 2 means that our communities are safer," added AZDPS Director Robert Halliday. "Property crimes continue to plague Arizona towns and cities. With these multiple arrests, the message is being sent that law enforcement is dedicated to jailing these thieves and that doing so is a priority not just during the holiday season, but all year round.”
 
According to the U.S. Marshals Service's District of Arizona Chief Deputy Fidencio Rivera, "Operation Grinch Stopper, a statewide fugitive operation, was created in response to the Nov. 18, 2012, shooting of Tucson Police Sgt. Robert Carpenter, who was shot during a response to a burglary alarm. Fortunately, despite his injuries Sgt. Carpenter survived this ordeal.”
 
http://www.yumasun.com/news/arrested-in-operation-grinch-stopper/article_7befebb0-69db-11e3-b716-001a4bcf6878.html

About Miguel Contreras

Miguel Angel Contreras is the founding and chairmen emeritus of the Federal Hispanic Law Enforcement Officers Association www.fhleoa.org and the principal agent and representative of a class action lawsuit of discrimination filed in 1995 against the Legacy U.S. Customs Service, later reorganized into the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In 2007, a U.S. District Court dismissed the class action on only one issue. The case, Miguel A. Contreras, et al v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security will never be forgotten. Dr. Contreras is a renowned leader with a firm commitment to diverse ethnic communities worldwide. He is recognized for his work ethics in the areas of leadership, civil rights advocate, social ethics, reform, and reconciliation. A noted criminal justice, law enforcement, security management, and community leader for more than 30 years, his expertise and extensive background in these subject areas have resulted in his being called for consultation with various organizations on issues dealing with law enforcement, security management, U.S. Customs, U.S. immigration issues, society, and social justice. Dr. Contreras, for 30 years served with distinction as a Supervisory Criminal Investigator and as a journeyman criminal investigator with Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, such as the US Department of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement, www.ice.gov US Customs Service's Offices of Investigations and Internal Affairs, www.ice.gov US Drug Enforcement Administration, www.dea.gov US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, www.atf.gov US Immigration & Naturalization Service, www.ice.gov and US Defense Investigative Service, www.dss.mil. He served with the Lansing Police Department www.lansingpolice.com as a police officer and corrections officer with the Ingham County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan, www.ingham.org/sh in the late 1970s. Dr. Contreras honorably retired from federal law enforcement service on October 4, 2006. He has lectured foreign national federal police personnel in national security issues, and has traveled to several countries as a Federal law enforcement official. He is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP), designation granted by the American Society for Industrial Security, www.asisonline.org a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), designation granted by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, www.acfe.com a Diplomate of the American Board of Law Enforcement Experts (DABLEE), designation granted by the American College of Forensic Examiners, www.acfei.com and Certified Security Supervisor (CSS) and Certified Protection Officer (CPO), designations granted by the International Foundation for Protection Officers, www.ifpo.org. A consummate no-nonsense law enforcement and security management expert, is a driving-force of numerous coalitions across ideological, cultural and social spectrum, he has served on numerous local, regional and national boards assisting communities. Dr. Contreras received his Associate Applied of Science degree and Associate in Business at Arizona Western College, www.azwestern.edu and Lansing Community College, www.lcc.edu respectively, and a Bachelor’s of Art degree in Criminal Justice Administration at Michigan State University, www.msu.edu a Master in Theology and Apologetics, and a Doctor of Theology degree at Calvin School of Apologetics & Theology, www.calvinschool.info a Master of Theology in Christian Counseling, a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Theology, and a Doctor in Theology in Pastoral Counseling at Northwestern Theological Seminary, www.northwesternseminary.com. He also conducted advanced graduate studies in security management at the University of Leicester, Leicester, UK, www.le.ac.uk. In January 2005, he received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Northwestern Theological Seminary. Dr. Contreras is currently an ordained minister with the Lutheran Evangelical Protestant Church (LEPC). He was a former minister and pastor with the Assemblies of God. He also offered totally free Christian counseling and preached for free at the Crossroads Mission Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center and at other locations in Yuma, AZ and nation-wide. Dr. Contreras never received compensation or was paid for his pastoral, preaching or Christian Counseling services.

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Miguel Angel Contreras is the founding and chairmen emeritus of the Federal Hispanic Law Enforcement Officers Association www.fhleoa.org and the principal agent and representative of a class action lawsuit of discrimination filed in 1995 against the Legacy U.S. Customs Service, later reorganized into the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In 2007, a U.S. District Court dismissed the class action on only one issue. The case, Miguel A. Contreras, et al v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security will never be forgotten. Dr. Contreras is a renowned leader with a firm commitment to diverse ethnic communities worldwide. He is recognized for his work ethics in the areas of leadership, civil rights advocate, social ethics, reform, and reconciliation. A noted criminal justice, law enforcement, security management, and community leader for more than 30 years, his expertise and extensive background in these subject areas have resulted in his being called for consultation with various organizations on issues dealing with law enforcement, security management, U.S. Customs, U.S. immigration issues, society, and social justice. Dr. Contreras, for 30 years served with distinction as a Supervisory Criminal Investigator and as a journeyman criminal investigator with Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, such as the US Department of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement, www.ice.gov US Customs Service's Offices of Investigations and Internal Affairs, www.ice.gov US Drug Enforcement Administration, www.dea.gov US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, www.atf.gov US Immigration & Naturalization Service, www.ice.gov and US Defense Investigative Service, www.dss.mil. He served with the Lansing Police Department www.lansingpolice.com as a police officer and corrections officer with the Ingham County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan, www.ingham.org/sh in the late 1970s. Dr. Contreras honorably retired from federal law enforcement service on October 4, 2006. He has lectured foreign national federal police personnel in national security issues, and has traveled to several countries as a Federal law enforcement official. He is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP), designation granted by the American Society for Industrial Security, www.asisonline.org a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), designation granted by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, www.acfe.com a Diplomate of the American Board of Law Enforcement Experts (DABLEE), designation granted by the American College of Forensic Examiners, www.acfei.com and Certified Security Supervisor (CSS) and Certified Protection Officer (CPO), designations granted by the International Foundation for Protection Officers, www.ifpo.org. A consummate no-nonsense law enforcement and security management expert, is a driving-force of numerous coalitions across ideological, cultural and social spectrum, he has served on numerous local, regional and national boards assisting communities. Dr. Contreras received his Associate Applied of Science degree and Associate in Business at Arizona Western College, www.azwestern.edu and Lansing Community College, www.lcc.edu respectively, and a Bachelor’s of Art degree in Criminal Justice Administration at Michigan State University, www.msu.edu a Master in Theology and Apologetics, and a Doctor of Theology degree at Calvin School of Apologetics & Theology, www.calvinschool.info a Master of Theology in Christian Counseling, a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Theology, and a Doctor in Theology in Pastoral Counseling at Northwestern Theological Seminary, www.northwesternseminary.com. He also conducted advanced graduate studies in security management at the University of Leicester, Leicester, UK, www.le.ac.uk. In January 2005, he received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Northwestern Theological Seminary. Dr. Contreras is currently an ordained minister with the Lutheran Evangelical Protestant Church (LEPC). He was a former minister and pastor with the Assemblies of God. He also offered totally free Christian counseling and preached for free at the Crossroads Mission Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center and at other locations in Yuma, AZ and nation-wide. Dr. Contreras never received compensation or was paid for his pastoral, preaching or Christian Counseling services.